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(en) Solidaridad Obrera: WE CANNOT ALLOW US TO MAKE MORE MISTAKES (ca, de, it, fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:33:54 +0300

Climate change is an increasingly less questioned piece of evidence. Irregular meteorological variations no longer follow a pattern related to the climatic conditions of a region and at the poles, exposure to the greenhouse effect of the gases that we emit into the atmosphere means a greater prolongation of the summer thaw. ---- However, the response to this phenomenon caused by the exacerbated technological and industrial development of the neoliberal system follows a continuity model, in which the large multinationals continue to accumulate capital at the expense of the well-being of the people and, above all, of the impoverished countries. Thus, we are witnessing a change in the growing energy source, in which fossil fuels continue to maintain a market share and renewable energies become devouring of territory.
Parallel to this remodeling of capitalism, tricks appear to wash the image of these multinationals at the cost of climate change. Marketing gizmos that attract the goodwill of organizations that have been, or have never been, dedicated to the recovery of forests or other threatened natural systems. Thus, everyone who emits greenhouse gases now turns to trees to justify their emissions from an environmental and even conservation point of view. They try to convince the public that planting trees compensates for greenhouse gas emissions, all due to the known ability of plants to fix carbon dioxide to produce energy through sunlight.
In this way, we attend face-lift campaigns of large economic corporations that consist of the organization of tree plantations, which seek to be on a large scale and using organizations and activists who agree to support them, motivated by the false idea that, the more trees that are planted, the more carbon dioxide will be trapped. In this way, they also manage to appease the consciences of people who buy their "green" products by planting trees.
However, this trend increasingly accepted by society does not hold. There are numerous scientific studies that question whether tree planting can offset greenhouse gas emissions. The annual capacity of a tree to fix carbon dioxide is unmatched by the rate at which fossil fuels burn, producing tons of that gas in significantly less time than trees can capture it. Therefore, if you want to minimize the effects of climate change, you have to drastically reduce emissions, and preserve the planet's forests and ecosystems in the best possible state.
In addition, plantations blessed by public opinion and supported by different governments, threaten the balance and the very conservation of our ecosystems, whether they are forest or not. Thus, we observe that planting requests are not limited to the autumn-winter season, but rather that they are offered throughout the year, whether or not it is the sowing or planting season or not. We are seeing how in the months of May or June plantations are being summoned with the bait that they are watered. The danger of these actions is, among others, the false concept that is spreading, that every season is good for planting if there is irrigation.
Furthermore, planting with the sole pretext of offsetting emissions leads to the introduction of any tree species; it is anything goes. And that is not like that. You cannot plant just any species, we all know that each one has its ecological niche, occupying a certain space in ecosystems, and that there is a variety of them. Therefore it is essential to recover ecosystems And in the Peninsula we have many and varied! It is essential to discard the planting by planting and, in its place, to recover ecosystems, be they arboreal, shrub, herbaceous, etc.

ARBA (Association for the Recovery of the Indigenous Forest)

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